There is something so fabulous about being truly surprised.
Which is why our original Mumbai tasting group keeps to its habit of tasting blind. Sometimes we reveal each whisky immediately after tasting, other times we wait until we have sampled all three whiskies.
In this case, it was after tasting all three drams and what a reveal! Why?
As it introduced North Star Spirits, a new independent bottler based in Glasgow. Starting in just 2016, we understand it is a “one man” operation by Iain Croucher, earlier part of A.D. Ratraay group.
Interestingly, he has a distribution relationship in Germany with Sansibar – which is another independent bottler that caught my attention recently for its ability to spot good casks for relatively reasonable rates.
My photos do not do justice to their packaging which is …
What did we sample?
North Star’s Cask Series 001 – Glenrothes 20 year (Oct 1996/Oct 2016) 54.6% 1 of 252 bottles
North Star’s Cask Series 001 – Ardmore Peat 8 year (June 2008 / Oct 2016) 57.1% 1 of 198 bottles
North Star’s Cask Series 002 – Islay 8 year (June 2008 / May 2017) 58.3% 1 of 230 bottles
Unfortunately North Star bottles have already captivated attention that it is best to pre-order online as they seem to be snapped up quickly!
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And our original group? We were introduced to a remarkable new independent bottler – North Starwith a terrific trio of:
North Star’s Cask Series 001 – Glenrothes 20 year (Oct 1996/Oct 2016) 54.6% 1 of 252 bottles*
North Star’s Cask Series 001 – Ardmore Peat 8 year (June 2008 / Oct 2016) 57.1% 1 of 198 bottles*
North Star’s Cask Series 002 – Caol Ila 8 year (June 2008 / May 2017) 58.3% 1 of 230 bottles*
Last month, I took our Bombay Malt & Cigar gents on aEuropean Explorationand caught up with all the tasting notes which had a clear divide between ones we quite enjoyed…. and those we decidedly did not!
The thumbs “down” category included:
This Buckwheat from Bretagne – Eddu Silver Buckwheat Whisky 40% – falls into the “different” and “unusual” and with that perspective, the gents gave the experiment a “go” but wouldn’t repeat.
France – Domaine Des Hautes Glace Organic Single Malt 42%– Picked up purely on ‘spec’ at La Maison du Whisky, it had a fungal aroma that was terrible and even more suspect was the growth like sedimentation that was likely caramel colouring – despite the bottle stating the colour was natural. Avoid.